We are now at that point in session when all of the budget proposals have been released and passed by their respective chambers. Now is the time for the real negotiation to begin. Conference Committees As with any bill, when the two houses cannot agree on what the bill should say, the bill will go to a conference committee. Members from
This past week has been a busy one, with WSAC staff testifying at no fewer than a dozen hearings. With the House reporting passing 350 bills over to the Senate, and only 20 days allotted to policy committee hearings, next week should prove to be a busy one, as well. On Monday, WSAC testified in support of HB 1913, the
The March Economic and Revenue Forecast was released on Wednesday, March 20. The first draft of the budgets usually immediately follow, and all rumors point to a release of the House version of the operating budget as early as Monday, March 25th. The forecast is largely good news. The Near General Fund-State (Near GF-S) forecast for the 2017-2019 biennium has
All bills not related to the budgets must have passed out of their house of origin by Wednesday at 5 pm. As a result, many bills died and the focus of session continues to narrow. From here forward, the pace of session will pick up significantly. Cutoff brought mixed results for WSAC. Good bills passed, but good bills also died.